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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stokes residents object to animal-shelter policy

County commissioners take public comments on issue

DANBURY (Winston-Salem Journal) -
Stokes County residents and animal-rights activists turned out to talk about issues at the county’s animal shelter during a commissioner’s meeting last night.

Citing state laws, animal-rights activists said that they were concerned that the shelter was operating in violation of euthanasia laws and urged the Stokes County Board of Commissioners and county officials to investigate the practices at the shelter.

The commissioners did not discuss the animal shelter last night, but heard comments from the public. Of about 20 people who showed up, eight people signed up to speak.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citing state laws, animal-rights activists said...

Sorry, people, I love animals as much as anyone else, but they don't have rights. Only people have rights. One of the reasons "animal-rights" activists are never taken seriously is because they concentrate almost exclusively on anthropomorphism. If they would concentrate on the fact that people have a responsibility where animals are concerned, they would get far more traction.

We can build shelters and make laws on animal "rights" and "euthanasia" (another anthropomorphism) until the actual cows come home, but until we address the dumbass, trailer-park redneck who refuses to spay his little Heinz 57 bitch so she'll quit dropping five or six litters a year, you'll make no progress.

Government works on coercion. There are only two ways to coerce people: direct force, and negative incentive. I'll pass on having a one-to-one ratio of cops to citizens, so my answer is obviously negative incentive. Charge the dipstick who drops puppies off somewhere or lets them wander off to fend for themselves a fine of about $5,000 per puppy. He won't do it twice. It's a market solution. Since there is a nearly inexhaustible supply of dumbasses, $5,000 a pop should make for some dandy shelters.

Think about it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6:35:00 PM  

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